Obama to Name Cordray Consumer Bureau Head in Recess Appointment

January 4, 2012

President Barack Obama plans to use a recess appointment to install Richard Cordray as head of the country’s new consumer financial protection watchdog, sidestepping Republican congressional opposition to his pick.

“Today in Ohio, President Obama will announce the recess appointment of consumer watchdog Richard Cordray,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced in a tweet.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law to police the market for consumer products such as credit cards and mortgages.

Republicans have charged the agency is a regulatory overreach, and last month they blocked an attempt by the Senate to confirm Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, to be the bureau’s first director.

(Reporting By Alister Bull and Dave Clarke; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

 

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  • January 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    Hillsborough agent says:
    should say 'when private employment' not 'public.' I blame Obama for that.
  • January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    Hillsborough agent says:
    you might want to look at the trend before and after Obama took office. Government employment is increasing under Obama (at a time when public employment is not). And the argu... read more
  • January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm
    Hillsborough agent says:
    It should surprise Obama supporters since I believe his official 'policy' was against recess appointments.
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